Jimmy Kimmel rips into "phony little creep" Brian Kilmeade

The late-night comedian destroys Republicans and pundits who said he was "uninformed" about health care


Charlie May
September 21, 2017 12:08PM (UTC)

After being written off by Republicans and Fox News pundits for talking about the real consequences of the new Senate health care bill and for being uninformed, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel fired back on Wednesday night and defended his position, and called out those who criticized him.

Kimmel has traded shots over the past few days with Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who is co-sponsoring new Republican health care legislation with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

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"I don’t want to turn this into a Kanye-and-Taylor-Swift-type situation, but when Senator Cassidy was on my show in May, he told me that he believed that every American family regardless of income should be able to get quality health care," Kimmel said. "And I believed he was sincere. Sadly, the bill he unveiled last week with Senator Lindsey Graham indicates that he was not sincere. It is, by many accounts, the worst health care bill yet."

To highlight his point, Kimmel rolled a clip of a baseball player being hit by a pitch right in the sweet spot.

"Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade also criticized Kimmel and on Wednesday said that "Hollywood elites" such as Kimmel were "pushing their politics on the rest of the country."

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Kimmel embarrassed Kilmeade and said that whenever he sees the Fox host he "kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman."

"Oh, he’s such a fan  I think he’s been on the show. He follows me on Twitter. He asked me to write a blurb for his book, which I did. He calls my agent looking for projects. He’s dying to be a member of the Hollywood elite," the late-night comedian said. "The only reason he’s not a member of the Hollywood elite is because nobody will hire him to be one."

"And you know, the reason I’m talking about this is because my son had an open-heart surgery, then has to have two more, and because of that I learned that there are kids with no insurance in the same situation," Kimmel explained. "I don’t get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you. That will be my blurb for your next book: 'Brian Kilmeade is a phony little creep.'"

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Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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